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Landmannalaugar Pearl of the Highlands / 3 day trek

Discover the incredible highlands in Iceland

Hiking in the Icelandic Highlands

Hike for 3 days - discover the incredible Highlands of Iceland on this sensational trekking tour.

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Landmannalaugar is a magical place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Known for the vibrant colors of its silica-rich igneous volcanic rock mountains and lava fields, this destination is home to the most perfect hiking trails. Whether you are an experienced hiker, or you simply wish to enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty, this hike is sure to leave you feeling as though you are walking through a beautiful painting.

  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    16:1

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    84.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Ljótipollur Crater
Brennisteinsalda
Vondugil Canyon
Natural Pool
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Accommodation
All Meals
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
All Required Safety Equipment
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

This tour includes three fabulous days of trekking. Hike by the breathtakingly beautiful Frostastaðavatn Lake and visit Ljótipollur, an incredibly beautiful red volcano crater filled with bright-blue water. The name Ljótipollur means úgly pool’, so it seems that whoever named it had a sense of humor! See the stunning volcano, Mount Brennisteinsalda, often said to be the most colorful mountain in Iceland, close to the base of this mountain you will see surreal clouds of steam wafting from the geothermal vents. On this trip, you also get the chance to reach the summit of Suðuhámur, another colorful and stunning rhyolite mountain. You will be amazed by the stark beauty of the Vondugil Canyon at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field. Get grandstand views over the  Landmannalaugar geothermal area from the top of the Bláhnúkur peak. Bláhnúkur means ´the Blue Peak’, this blue-greenish volcano mountain was formed around 60,000 years ago. For fuller details of the highlights on this tour please see the itinerary.

Your days of hiking are rewarded with stupendous views and evenings spent in an amazing highland location. There is nothing more relaxing or rejuvenating than bathing in a hot spring pool surrounded by blue, green, mellow caramel and even red tinged peaks, as soft sulfur-scented steam drifts around you. Enjoy the company of like-minded fellow travelers and make new friends.

Our Three Day Trekking Trip to one of the most geothermal active areas in Iceland is perfect for avid hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Landmannalaugar is the official starting point for the famous Laugavegur Trek, ranked as a world top 20 hike by National Geographic Magazine.

If you want an 8-day trek to combine this tour with our famous Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls trek for an astonishing  8-day Combo hiking in Iceland trip!


Practical information

Remember to bring: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, headwear and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and a base layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to bring slippers to wear in the mountain huts. You also need a 20-30 ltr backpack, a sleeping bag and a travel pillow, a light sleeping bag without a specific temperature rating will be fine in the mountain huts. Please bring your own liner if you rent a sleeping bag.

Extras of important health supplies or special prescription medicines if needed.

*Meeting points and pick up times:

7:15 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti;
7:30 a.m. – Hallgrímskirkja Church;
7:45 a.m. – Reykjavik Campsite

*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.


Day 1: FROSTASTAÐAVATN, LJÓTIPOLLUR

You are picked up from your arranged meeting point, we introduce ourselves and board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. From Reykjavik, you are driven inland through the beautiful Thjórsárdalur valley (Þjórsárdalur), named after the river Thjórsá (Þjórsá), the longest river in Iceland.

We head towards Hekla Volcano, passing the extensive lava fields formed by famous eruptions on our way to the Landmannalaugar area. We enjoy lunch surrounded by amazing peaks, getting to know one another.

After lunch, we will set off on a 10 km hike to the ill-named Ljótipollur (it means ugly puddle), this lake with the ‘ugly’ name has made its way, at number 42, onto a list of the most beautiful crater lakes in the world. The incredible red crater filled with brilliant blue water is real eye-candy! Our hike will take us to Frostastaðavatn, an amazingly beautiful lake in the midst of surreal landscapes. With these sensational scenes and the crazily colorful rhyolite mountains, your camera will work overtime today!

In the evening, not far from the mountain hut, you will find an amazing hot spring-fed bathing pool. Enjoying some hot spring bathing moments is highly recommended – with the mystical landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands rising around you this is really special.

  • Driving: 4 hours
  • Hiking Distance 10-12 km / 6-7.5 mi
  • Ascent: 250 m / 820 feet

 

Day Highlights
Scenic drive
Þjórsárdalur valley
Ljóti Pollur e. Ugly Puddle
Hot spring bathing (optional)
Included
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accomodation (hut)

Day 2: BRENNISTEINSALDA, VONDUGIL & SUÐURNÁMUR RHYOLITE MOUNTAIN

Today we will hike to Suðurnámur, a 200,000-year-old mountain peak which is very rich in rhyolite minerals. On the way up to the Suðurnamur peak, you will enjoy numerous ravines and views over the colorful peaks in this area: soft sandy toned mountains contrasting with verdant greens, blues, deep golds and sometimes vibrant reds. We will come to Kirkjufell, a 964 m high craggy peak with scarcely any vegetation, giving it a slightly stark appearance. From this pinnacle, you can survey the empire of Landmannalaugar!

  • No driving today
  • Hiking Distance: 11 km  /6.84 mi
  • Ascent: 425 m / 1395 feet

 

Day Highlights
Kirkjufell mountain
Laugahraun lava field
Brennisteinsdalda mountain
Hot spring bathing (optional)
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accomodation (hut)

Day 3: BLÁHNÚKUR VOLCANO

After nourishing breakfast buffet, your adventures continue with a 3.5-hour long hike on Bláhnúkur, the blue peak – this 60,000-year-old volcano mountain exhibits extraordinary bluish colors. We will follow the hiking trail to the top, from where five stunning glaciers can be seen in good visibility.

The top of Bláhnukur is one of the very best places to photograph the panoramic Landmannalaugar landscapes. From the mountain top it is easy to appreciate the powerful influence of geothermal activity on these landscapes, your guide will share some fascinating geological and geothermal facts with you. After coming down and enjoying a short break we board the bus back to Reykjavik, we arrive in the center of the city at around 21:00.

  • Driving: 4 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 7 km / 4.35mi
  • Ascent: 400m / 1312 feet
Day Highlights
Bláhnúkur e. Blue Peak
Volcano hike
View over Landmannalaugar
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.

What type of weather can I expect? What should I wear?

First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!

The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.

Can I wear jeans and sneakers?

No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refund procedure work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with your card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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